DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2007, 10:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Hamas-Fatah government taking office Sunday, March 18, is more than a policy failure by prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni; it is another milestone on the road to the collapse of Israel's Middle East positions at large, on a scale comparable to the setback to its ...
Fatah-Hamas clashes in Gaza mar Palestinian unity government accord due for legislature's approval Saturday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2007, 12:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile notes: One putative "independent," the designated foreign minister Ziyad Amar, is a known Hamas adherent. Pro-American Salam Fayed is retained as finance minister as bait to draw US recognition and international assistance.
Israel has announced it will boycott all the new ministers, including the new Fatah office-holders. ...
Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin: Hamas operatives are taking long military courses in Iran and returning to Gaza ready for combat<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2007, 12:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
He also confirms that the Palestinians continue wholesale weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas recycles Gush Katif rubble to fortify 50 sq. km of war bunkers on Gaza Strip-Egyptian border<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2007, 8:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
Beneath the Rafah-Philadelphi border region between Gaza and Egyptian Sinai, the Palestinian Hamas has built a vast underground stronghold. A separate series of secret tunnels snakes under another Gaza border into western Israel.
"They should never have been allowed to build this fortress. We should have stopped it long ago," ...
Six Qassam missiles from Gaza fired against Israel Wednesday after Russian foreign minister reported Hamas promise to end violence including missile attacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2007, 5:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
Sergey Lavrov claimed Tuesday, Feb. 27, that Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal had personally given him this promise at their meeting in Moscow.
Lavrov said Russia favors the power-sharing agreement between Hamas and Fatah and supports efforts to lift the international blockade.
At a separate news conference, Meshaal did not repeat ...
An undercover Israeli police force kills new Palestinian Jihad Islami Jenin commander Ashraf Saadi and 2 accomplices a week after his predecessor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2007, 9:15 AM (GMT+02:00)
Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured in the exchange of fire. The Jenin cell dispatched the suicide bomber who was captured in Bat Yam a week ago before he could do any harm. Next day, an Israeli unit shot his controller Mahmoud Abu Abid dead.
Israeli troops rounded up 20 suspected ...
Israeli counter-terror operation winds down Tuesday in West Bank town of Nablus after third bomb-making facility found<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2007, 10:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
One Palestinian was killed, one injured MOnday. Several Israeli units conducted house to house searches for suspects and bomb-making laboratories in Palestinian terrorist strongholds in the Nablus Casbah, whose 50,000 inhabitants remained under curfew for three days.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2007, 11:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
Hundreds of Egyptian security and counter-terror troops were scouring northern Sinai Thursday for a group of Palestinians armed with bomb vests known to be preparing suicide attacks on Israeli tourists. Special security measures are in force to seal the Israeli-Egyptian border against their infiltration of southern Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2007, 11:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
Captured in Egyptian Rafah, he told interrogators he was joining a larger Palestinian group heading for a suicide attack on Israel tourists at a Sinai resort. Feb. 19, debkafile exclusively disclosed an Egyptian security buildup following an intelligence report that a large group of armed Palestinians had crossed ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Riyadh informs Washington a Palestinian unity government will not uphold previous agreements with Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2007, 11:03 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Saudis notified the Bush administration ahead of the Mecca reconciliation summit Tuesday, Feb. 6, that the Palestinian accord for a coalition government sponsored by Riyadh will not meet a key Middle East Quartet condition for its recognition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2007, 4:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
It is no wonder that Israeli policy-makers have had little to say to the Palestinian reconciliation accord which Saudi king Abdullah brokered in Mecca last week. Israel was shouldered off the stage as a player in Palestinian politics, as was any hope of moderating the Palestinian anti-Israel war, a breakthrough ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas' hard-line Khaled Meshaal, armed with 5-point compromise plan, promises a reconciliation summit in Mecca<br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2007, 7:08 AM (GMT+02:00)
1. Hamas will refrain from reacting to Israel's counter-terror forays against its operatives on the West Bank as well as from mounting attacks on Israel from that territory. 2. Hamas will not fight Fatah to the finish in the current round of factional war in the Gaza Strip, although a ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007, 10:00 AM (GMT+02:00)
The truce declared Friday night after rival Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas' Khaled Meshaal spoke by phone broke down before it began.
At least 29 Palestinians have died, 250 injured in three days of escalating street battles in Gaza. Two more were killed after the Abbas-Meshaal conversation. The two leaders ...
The Middle East Quartet meeting in Washington voices deep concern at escalating Palestinian violence<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007, 9:28 AM (GMT+02:00)
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice argued at the Friday meeting that the violence should not delay work towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that would lead to a Palestinian state. This initiative she hopes to bring forward in another Middle East visit later this month.
debkafile, in an Exclusive ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Fingerprints of Palestinian Jihad Islami terrorist ace Muhamed al Hindi on Eilat suicide bombing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2007, 6:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources disclose that the Jihad Islami leader returned to the Gaza Strip on Jan 19 after a six-month absence in Damascus, Beirut and Tehran, during which his Syrian and Iranian masters appointed him chief of the organization in place of Abdallah Ramadan Shelah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007, 11:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
The latest truce in the escalating Palestinian warfare broke down almost as soon as it was declared Friday night, Feb. 2. The Fatah delegation to talks with Hamas in Gaza City on a mechanism for enforcing the ceasefire came under attack as its convoy drove away from the meeting. Earlier, ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: First Eilat suicide bombing killing 3 Israelis feared start of deadly wave funded from Tehran and Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007, 10:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
The bomber, Mohamed Faisal al-Siksik, 21, from Gaza, blew himself up in a bakery in the Red Sea resort of Eilat Monday, Jan. 29, killing the two proprietors and a worker.This was the first such attack the holiday paradise has ever experienced. debkafile's counter-terror sources report that the ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>'s sources: Without co-opting Iran and Damascus, Saudi King Abdullah's mediation of violent Fatah-Hamas feud unlikely to succeed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007, 10:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Monday, three Palestinians were killed in the S. Gazan town of Khan Younes and reciprocal abductions continued. The death toll in four days of infighting has risen to 33.
Jordan denies the Palestinian suicide bomber who murdered three Israelis in Eilat Monday came from the kingdom<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007, 10:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinian Jihad Islami made this claim to cover his tracks through Sinai and the group's links with al Qaeda. Israeli internal security minister Avi Dichter said the bomber's route had been established as running from the Gaza Strip via Sinai to Eilat.
The White House condemns suicide bombing attack which killed 3 Israelis in Eilat Monday and holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for prevention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007, 12:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
The White House spokesman Tony Snow said: "Failure to act against terrorists will affect relations between the Palestinian Authority and the international community and undermine the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own."